DE PERE - Three seniors at St. Norbert College in De Pere are about to step forward on a journey of a lifetime. One that will send them in different directions across the planet.
"Definitely, nervous. Especially since it's getting closer and graduation is coming, and it's more of a reality now. But I think the nervousness is canceled out by as much excitement," said Jon Mallek, St. Norbert College senior.
Jon Mallek, Ashley Hirsch, and Kaylee Beck are about to volunteer with the Peace Corps.
They will serve in a foreign country for 27 months.
"I know that I'm one of the lucky ones, so essentially I want to give that opportunity to someone as well," said Mallek.
Jon will be working in Senegal, which is a country in the western part of Africa. He'll be helping with agriculture.
Kaylee will also be in Africa, in the country of Malawi. That in the southern part of the continent. She'll be teaching secondary education.
"I think I've always been really interested in traveling and learning for other cultures... so the Peace Corps seemed like a good fit for me to kind of explore that," said Kaylee Beck, St. Norbert College senior.
Ashley will be volunteering on a different continent. She'll be in Asia, working in the country of Cambodia, teaching English.
"The best description that I've heard is it's kind of like a rollercoaster. So while you're in the Peace Corps, your highs are high and your lows are low... so I'm anticipating some of those," said Ashley Hirsch, St. Norbert College senior.
There have been students from St. Norbert College who have joined the Peace Corps. However, school officials say having three join in one year is definitely exceptional.
"When you see people demonstrating hope and wanting to make a difference and wanting to throw themselves out there and do something difficult to make a difference... It's amazing. It's wonderful. It's inspiring for the rest of us," said Bob Pyne, St. Norbert College.
School mentors say the first few months will be the toughest for the students. But they don't seem to mind.
"I think I'll probably just handle it one day at a time," said Hirsch.
"I think it's important to do any sort of service, just because it is giving back, and it's a chance for you to grow as a person. And for you to really make intercultural connections with other people in our world," said Beck.
Their journey begins this summer. Kaylee leaves in June. Ashley will go in July. And Jon will set of for Senegal in September.
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